Director, PeaceTech Data Networks
Noel is Director, PeaceTech Data Networks at The PeaceTech Lab. He heads up the Open Situation Room eXchange (OSRx) project, a collaboration and data sharing platform for peacebuilders in conflict zones. The Lab was created by United States Institute of Peace as a separate entity to further advance USIP's work at the intersection of technology, media and data to help reduce violent conflict around the world.
As an internationally-experienced senior consultant at the intersection of technology and development, Noel has consulted with a number of federal agencies, including the State Department, USAID, Administrative Conference of the U.S., Health and Human Services, and the Department of Defense (DoD). For the Department of State, Noel headed up the eDiplomacy Division’s Civil Society 2.0 TechCamp effort. TechCamps, which are still going strong at State with more than 30 events around the world, have been incorporated in the PeaceTech Lab as “PeaceTech Exchanges,” and now include a back-end micro funding component.
As a co-founder for CrisisCommons, a global network of technology volunteers working on disaster relief efforts, Noel helped lead a movement of technology volunteers that has transformed the way regular citizens can impact crisis-response efforts in a disaster situations, starting with Haiti. He initiated a number of Government 2.0 efforts for the Department of Defense, including authoring their draft social media policy which allowed soldiers to use social media such as Facebook and YouTube. He was awarded the "Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers of 2012" by Government Technology Magazine for his efforts in CrisisCommons, and a “Fed 100” award in 2012 by Federal Computer Week for his work on TechCamps. He has an MS degree in Cybernetics and General Systems Theory from San Jose State University and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from George Mason University.